Birmingham leads ULEV charge

Birmingham boasted the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) licenced in the UK at the end of Q4 2017 – with a total of 12,247 ULEVs.

This is according to which analysed data released by the Department for Transport in Vehicle Licencing Statistics: Annual 2017.

In second place, came the local authority of Peterborough; with 8,910 ULEVs licensed at the end of Q4 2017. Slough (4,460), Milton Keynes (4,409) and Leeds (3,557) follow thereafter.

Closing the top 10 local authorities with the highest number of registered, ultra-low emission vehicles, is Swindon (3,402), Bedford (1,628), Gloucester (1,552), Solihull (1,492) and Portsmouth – with 1,416 licensed, ULEVs registered at the end of Q4 2017.

The local authorities in the UK, with the lowest number of registered, ultra-low emission vehicles were found to be Weymouth and Portland (53), Middlesbrough (46), Eden (46), Barrow-in-Furness (44) and West Somerset – with 40 licensed, ULEVs in Q4 2017.

During 2017, 53,203 ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered for the first time in the UK – up 27% from 41,837 in 2016. This accounted for 1.7% of all new vehicle registrations – up from 1.2% in 2016 and 0.9% two years before.

The most common generic models of ULEV registered for the first time in 2017 were the Mitsubishi Outlander with 7,408, followed by the BMW 3 Series with 5,871 and the Nissan Leaf with 5,665.

At the end of 2017, 64% of licensed ULEV cars were petrol hybrid and 35% were pure electric in the UK. The remaining one per cent were diesel hybrid and other technologies.